Good News On Ryan Taylor But Simpson Diagnosis Unclear

Newcastle have made only an average start to the season with 4 points from their first three league games, two of which were at home, and we had Danny Simpson limp off in the first half yesterday with a hamstring  injury, but no news yet on just how bad the injury is, but Danny will miss a few weeks before he returns.

Ryan Taylor – will be back sooner than expected

Cheick Tiote will miss the two leg play-off tie between the Ivory Coast and Senegal, which will give Newcastle a huge problem if Senegal win the game, because we’ll be without Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba in January and some of February.

And Newcastle don’t really have too many option to replace them – even though we knew this was a possibility throughout the summer months –  but couldn’t bring in a top striker.

Cheick  played the first game of the season against Tottenham, but seemed to be injured early in the game, but he stayed on the full game, and that seems to have been a mistake in retrospect.

But the central midfielder could be fit for the game at Everton in two weeks time, which looks a really tough game on paper.

This is what Alan Pardew said about Cheick:

“He’s not fit but we’re expecting him to be in and around it for the Everton game. We’ll have to work hard on him but I’m hoping, fingers crossed, we can get him right for that.”

But there’s some decent news today from Alan Pardew on Ryan Taylor, that his Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury is straightforward, and not too much damage, which means he could be back quicker than first thought, from the serious injury.

This is what Alan had to say to the local press on Ryan:

“Usually you do some ligaments or a cartilage and it really is problematic.” “Ryan looks straight-forward, there’s not a lot of swelling.”

“The cruciate’s detached so it’s purely a case of putting it back and I think he’ll come back a little bit quicker than most cruciate injuries.”

“The tracksuits was Colo’s idea. He called me on Saturday. We didn’t want to say ‘get well’ because there’s people in a lot worse position than Ryan. It’s just nice to have that spirit within the group.”

The tracksuits the lads wore before the game yesterday had the words “Ryan Taylor – Over The Wall” on the back, which was a nice gesture, and fitting that the idea came from the Newcastle captain, and Coloccini had a good game yesterday at the back for Newcastle.

On Simpson’s injury Alan Pardew wasn’t sure how bad the hamstring was:

“We’re not sure if it’s a full tear or just a strain.”

With Ryan Taylor and Danny Simpson injured in successive games,  Newcastle will be wondering why they didn’t bring in any reinforcements for the defense over the summer, and the squad already seems stretched by injury.

The fact is that Newcastle didn’t take the opportunity to sufficiently  strengthen their squad over the summer, and that’s disappointing.

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23 comments so far


    Sep 3, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #1

    lads which Ben arfa goal is better his goal against everton or his goal against aston villa

  • Colo-Sus

    Sep 3, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Cisse and Ba were woeful yesterday, occupying the same space alot of the time, its so apparent they are not used to playing in a 442, and that they are used to being a lone striker. Cisse’s movement in particular was poor. Cabaye doe not look like he has fire in his belly, you can bet he was one of the players to have had their ‘head turned’ during the window.
    Simpson injured, not the end of the world as Santon should shift to RB, and Anita LB, WE SHOULD HAVE SIGNED DEBUCHY THOUGH!!!!!!!!!
    Still a point is a point, but I have a niggling worry that the Harmony we had inb the dressing room is not what it has been…If we had signed a couple more first teamers I think the start to the season would have been alot better.

  • martoon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed – I’m pretty sure the track suits had ‘Over the wall’ not ‘Over the top’

  • The Future is Bright The Future is Black & White

    Sep 3, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #4

    Martoon they had ‘over the top’ …..

  • deeeeeeano

    Sep 3, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Was too drunk to post yesterday but really really disappointed in the performance, colo and taylor were decent but taylor got pulled around a bit, Danton had a good game and alot of our better play went through him but we go thru spells of not using him at all, Simpson wasn’t doing bad till he went off, Anita had a good game but too many times tried playing a first time ball when he could have a touch and his balls were poor, jonas battled well, ban arfa was outstanding at times but not at times but you know he will pull something like the goal outbid the bag, cabaye was terrible, little passes corners everything he touched until the free kick was garbage, never seen so many corners either over hit or not beat the first man, bigi he decent game but not as good as most were saying, he wins the ball well but distribution is poor but for 18 is a great prospect, ba was alright but cisse was static no movement what’s so ever. Marveaux and obertan added a bit width but should have been on 15 mins earlier. It’s alright the odd player having an off day but our 3 top players in cabaye ba and cisse ate having an off season so far. Ba atleast has looked interested but cisse and especially cabaye have been total bit so far and a good reaming is needed.

  • GenralHez

    Sep 3, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #6

    The performances so far this season are not what is expected of NUFC; they may be acceptable at the Maccums but not in civilisation. Too many players are not showing the commitment required to earn their wages.

  • deeeeeeano

    Sep 3, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #7

    Is general hez in Kazakhstan ??

  • Nick 69

    Sep 3, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #8

    The Future is Bright The Future is Black & White – no they didnt, they had ‘ Ryan Taylor over the wall’ not ‘over the top’. Why would they have ‘over the top’ that has nothing to do with anything!!

    And just like to point out how impresses I was with Bigi yesterday, for an 18 yr old making his EPL debut he was outstanding. IMO will be a better player than Tiote if he keeps progressing the way he is.

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 3, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Danny Simpson, that good guy and honest pro, the only way to replace him is through injury. Quick Pards, nows your chance! I feel guilty just suggesting it, but Anita looked so fluid at fullback and along with with Santon we would then have two elegant first choice fullbacks who are very comfortable in the final third. Plus, Bigi does appear ready to directly understudy Tiote so Anita can just slot right in there. Oh, that’s right, like Ba out wide, didn’t Anita seek assurances he would be played in midfield. Arrrgh!!!! give me a break, foiled at every turn.

  • The Future is Bright The Future is Black & White

    Sep 3, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Nick I agree it should have been over the wall but it said over the top as I just said…..

  • wynsleap

    Sep 3, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Ed – You say, “United will be wondering why we didn’t bring any defensive reinforcements in over the summer”.
    Pretty daft statement that – isn’t it?
    Maybe something to do with the fact we have a tightfisted gambler owner maybe?
    Just a suggestion.

  • TorqToon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #12

    Lads lads lads – It said Ryan Taylor – Over the wall on the back I the run out tops ! Was a very nice touch. I think he they had read ‘over the top’ it would be making out he made a meal of his injury…but that’s not the case as we know. Good news that a repair is more straight forward and wish him a speedy recovery.

  • dave 1961

    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #13

    thank god a bit of superglue to the rescue, it sounds so easy but its tore off the bone that means it needs bolted back on, a major injury, that requires major surgery, the ligaments intact so it might only be 6 months instead of 12, if we have him back this season we will be lucky.

  • TorqToon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #15

    And Roshan – I would still say Everton last yeah mate. Personal opinion, it was a more technical and difficult goal to score given where he recieved the ball. Yes yesterday’s goal was superb and on his weaker foot – but for me it’s Everton.

  • The Future is Bright The Future is Black & White

    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #16

    So if colo knows the toon fans sing that….. He knows 52,000 people sing week in week out they want him to sh?! There wife haha

  • FatmanJoe

    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #17

    Over the top? Haha

    They said over the wall!

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #18

    Fatman….Perhaps we miss read the first bit?

    “Fans opinions – Over the top”

  • FatmanJoe

    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #19

    Haha truer words never spoken.

    Couldn’t believe the venom on here last night. Was shameful!

    So many mini Sir Alex’s – I’m sure in twenty years time Ben arfa-11 and Ketsbia9 are going to have trophy cabinets full just like him.

  • 89Norcal

    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #20

    Hopefully Vuckic and Campbell can prop us up if we lose the Dembas. I bet Ben Arfa is licking his chops at the thought of carrying Newcastle.

    He can score with his right….


    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #21

    How many players have we been linked with in the Summer?

    One of the Main problems we had with our Transfer Targets was the fact that we got pissed around by both Clubs and Agents!

    Only a small part of the Problem was Ashley being mean with his purse strings! We could of had Debuchy for only 2Mil more! And Douglas, well this was certainly the case too!

    FC Twente have seen themselves get fleeced by our 3,5Mil signing of Tiote and did,nt want to get fleeced again!
    This all resulted in us getting screwed around by both Lille and Twente! Both players are likely to go elsewhere now and we have had all the continuous moaning on here about our “So Called” targets who never arrived!

    I wonder when all the crap is going to start again next time around?
    A big plus has been that we,ve hung on to the back-bone of the team which we can all be pleased about.

    A thing which is starting to piss me off is the fact that there are many bloggers on here slagging off the team when the season is two minutes old! We had a superb season last year and punched above our weight, the difference this year is that the rest of the clubs are onto us and are not allowing to do the same again this year!
    Fans expectations on here are as usual Impatient! In place of support, i,me afraid a lot of you are just moaning and being Negative.

    We have played three, won 1 drawn 1 and lost to Chelski at the bridge. Realistically speaking, What the hell were you all expecting?
    Okay we are all disappointed that a defender and a striker did not come in before last Friday but this endless dross being posted on here by some of you is sometimes just too much!

    To even suggest that an Injury to Simpson hopefully is long term to force Pardew to play some-one else!
    The criticism of BA and Cisse is also way over the Top!
    It never ceases to amaze me how there are some real Plonkers on here!
    Hopefully i,m not the only one on here who feels this way!

    To sum up then: Start getting behind the Lads and the club and supporting them instead of continually slagging and being negative!

  • Mr.NewcastleKnight

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #22

    Obviously not bringing in an extra defender over the summer is finally catching up to us. aBut we are going to have to deal with what we have. With Raylor out we are going to have to deal with having Anita play out of position meaning there will be an opening in the midfield. Heres what I’ve put together as a first team:
    Ben Arfa

    It’s not perfect but I feel that this eleven could get the job done for us until Tiote, Raylor and Simpson are fully fit and playing.

  • dave 1961

    Sep 3, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #23

    was that sarcasm being only 3 games into a 38 game season, no doubt we are safe now then for theirs only 35 games left to play. i remember ed doing a piece on Murphy’s law. obviously Llambias does not read the blog.


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